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Genetics Education: Preparing Physicians for the Future

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified July 2006 by University of Toronto.
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First received: July 6, 2006
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Last verified: July 2006
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This study examines the best way to teach genetics to family medicine residents. First year family medicine residents at the University of Toronto will be taught basic clinical genetics as well as a specific disease in genetics via 3 different educational methods. All participants will undergo an oral examination and written knowledge test 3 months after this education. Results between groups will be compared, and the best way to teach genetics to residents determined.

Condition Intervention
Primary Care Genetics
Hereditary Colorectal Cancer
Behavioral: web-based learning, didactic lecture and role-play

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Educational/Counseling/Training

Further study details as provided by University of Toronto:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • knowledge in approach to family medicine genetics
  • attitude towards family medicine genetics and genetic testing
  • skill in discussing these issues with patients

Estimated Enrollment: 64
Study Start Date: October 2005
Estimated Study Completion Date: January 2007
Detailed Description:

An educational module will be prepared by the investigators outlining important genetic fundamentals and hereditary colorectal cancer. Sixty four family medicine resident participants will take part in this study. Participants will be divided into 4 groups. Group 1 will be the control and receive no education. Group 2 will be given access to the self-study web-based educational module to do on their own time. Group 3 will be given a lecture on the material using the educational module, followed by a discussion. Group 4 will also be given this lecture and discussion, followed by an interactive standardized patient role-play experience.

Three months later, all participants will complete an simulated oral examination, an written knowledge test and an attitude survey. By comparing the results between the 4 groups, the best way to teach genetics will be determined. This template can then be used to develop a curriculum for teaching clinical genetics to family medicine residents.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • all first year family medicine residents in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto

Exclusion Criteria:


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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00349817

Contact: Deanna Telner, MD, MEd, CCFP 416-469-6464

Canada, Ontario
Deanna Telner Recruiting
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M4C 5T2
Contact: Deanna Telner, MD, MEd, CCFP    416-469-6464   
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Toronto
Principal Investigator: Deanna Telner, MD, MED, CCFP Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto
  More Information

No publications provided Identifier: NCT00349817     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: University of Toronto
Study First Received: July 6, 2006
Last Updated: July 6, 2006
Health Authority: Canada: Ethics Review Committee

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Colorectal Neoplasms
Colonic Diseases
Digestive System Diseases
Digestive System Neoplasms
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Gastrointestinal Neoplasms
Intestinal Diseases
Intestinal Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Rectal Diseases processed this record on November 20, 2014